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Police officers cordon off the area after a knife attack in central Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. The Paris police said the attacker was subdued by officers during the stabbing attack in the 2nd arrondissement or district of the French capital Saturday.
Associated Press/Thibault CamusOne victim was killed in a knife attack in Paris on Saturday, and police fatally shot the suspected attacker, authorities said.
Some four people were reportedly injured, two of them were in critical condition.
The attacker was born in Russia and not previously known to French authorities, judicial sources have told local media.
The Islamic State group has claimed the attack and called the assailant a "soldier," according to ISIS' Aamaq news agency.
The suspect in a knife attack which left a man dead and others injured in Paris on Saturday was born in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to French judicial sources.
A man wielding a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar" killed one man and injured four others in a suspected terror attack in central Paris, before police shot him dead on Saturday, French authorities said.
The assailant had stabbed at the bystanders and then rushed at police shouting, "I will kill you, I will kill you!" police union representative Rocco Contero told Reuters.
The attacker was born in Chechnya — a federal republic of Russia in the south of the country — in 1997 and was not previously known to authorities, the BBC reports, citing judicial sources referenced in French media.
The attack is being investigated by counterterrorism officials, and the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility and said the assailant was a "soldier" of the group, according to the Associated Press.
ISIS' Aamaq news agency said in a statement that Saturday night's attack was in response to the extremist group's call for supporters to target allies of the US-led coalition to eliminate ISIS from Iraq and Syria.
Two of the four victims who were injured in the attack were in critical condition, according to French media outlets. Authorities had not yet identified the victims or the attacker as of Saturday night.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his thoughts for the victims and praised the police who "neutralized the terrorist." He also vowed that France would not give an inch to "enemies of freedom."
Prosecutor Francois Molins said authorities are investigating potential charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with terrorist motives.
"At this stage, based on the one hand on the account of witnesses who said the attacker cried 'Allahu akbar' (God is great in Arabic) while attacking passersby with a knife, and given the modus operandi, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office," Molins told reporters, according to the Associated Press.
The attack occurred in Paris' Opera district, the BBC reported.
France's Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb, denounced the "odious" attack in a tweet, and praised the police officers who took down the assailant.
France has been on high alert for terror attacks in recent years, after a string of deadly ISIS-inspired massacres
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